FARMINGTON — Aldermen here are upping the ante for Trunk or Treat.

The town’s plans for Halloween was one of the agenda items for the Farmington Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week, alongside a proposed ordinance regarding slow vehicles and a proposal for Alcorn County Circuit Court to convene at the Farmington City Hall.

The board agreed to fund a candy purchase of $800, up from $600 for last year’s event, in anticipation of a big turnout. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m., at Farmington’s park. The alternative Halloween event has proved to be a big hit for the town.

The board also gave approval to purchase new bulbs for the snowflake lighting that will be displayed during the Christmas holidays.

In other business:

n The board received examples of slow vehicle ordinances from other cities such as Diamondhead for review. The ordinances call for regulations of vehicles like golf carts that travel at 25 mph and under.

The vehicle would have to be registered with the city, a fee would be collected, and the vehicle would be inspected. The vehicles would be prohibited from traveling on roads with a speed limit above 25 mph, although they could cross roads with a higher speed limit.

“All of this is kind of new,” said Greg Beard, the city attorney.

The board tabled it for review.

n After a discussion in a closed session, the board gave approval for circuit court to use the municipal facilities.

n A resident who came to the board with a sewer bill problem left the meeting with tears of joy.

The woman said she is on a fixed income and could not pay a $361 bill caused by an issue with a toilet. She was before the board because she had already received one leak adjustment after a dishwasher problem.

The board authorized another leak adjustment and waived a late fee. Three aldermen offered to cover the remainder of the bill.

Meanwhile, another resident addressed the board about continuing charges on a property that is no longer connected for service. Board members said it is required by the ordinance that established sewer service in the town, but they are hoping to refinance the debt and bring an end to that requirement.

n The board voted to have Alderwoman Tammy Philamlee head a committee to deal with matters relating to the park. There was also discussion of the mowing schedule for the park, which is slated to get restrooms and lighting improvements through a grant.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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